By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

Entering its third year, #iGiveCatholic has proven to be a financial boon in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, raising nearly a combined $100,000.

A year ago, diocesan agencies raised $49,675, compared to $47,500 in 2016, the diocese’s first year of participation in the program, which was initially launched in 2015 by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Additionally, the number of donors increased from 470 in 2016 to 476. 

Stewardship director Tammy Abshire is optimistic the upward trend continues Nov. 27, when #iGiveCatholic is scheduled from midnight until 11:59 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to another record year,” said Abshire, noting that historic flooding of 2016 might have had impacted the 2017 campaign, as many residents were still in recovery mode and trying to move back into their homes.

“One thing of which we are certain is that the people in our diocese are incredibly generous, and for that we are thankful,” she added. “They embrace their Catholic faith, and they are eager to help out in all ways, including financially.”

More than 100 Catholic agencies in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are participating, representing a variety of causes and projects, ranging from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which provides assistance to the homeless and the most needy of the area, to helping build a new Porte-cochere at St. Joseph Church in Paulina.

Some of the other ministries include the Office of Black Catholics, the Hispanic Apostolate, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, The Catholic Commentator, Catholic Life TV, Catholic Community Radio, Catholic Charismatic Renewal and a number of church parishes.

#iGiveCatholic is held annually in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“#iGiveCatholic is a wonderful stepping off point to the holiday season,” Abshire said. “Christmas represents a time of giving, a season of generosity, and what better way to celebrate this beautiful time of year than to provide financial assistance to your church, school or beloved ministry.

Throughout the day on Nov. 27, those wishing to donate can visit iGiveCatholic.org and click on a specific ministry listed.